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Old 01-30-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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Super Quiet Bikes for RTW?

Another random question.

I often wish that motorcycles were quieter. If I'm riding through a really scenic area, for example, I don't want to hear anything but the wind. I want to hear the surroundings, not the machine I just happen to be riding on. I love riding a bicycle through places like these and lament when I ride through them on a motorcycle.

The whole point of riding a bike for me is to be as exposed to the surroundings as possible, rather than be isolated in a cage. But you're never fully exposed to the natural surroundings if you're adding your own artificial noise to the area.

Thoughts? Quiet bikes?

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:31 AM   #2
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stick to your bycyce then
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:51 AM   #3
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Lament?
For real?

I don't like or give a thumbs-up to outragously loud bikes, but making some noise is part of riding a machine that does the work for you.
To me, that is the whole reason for getting out there in the wilderness and enjoying it:
Putting the bike through it's paces and enjoying doing it.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:33 AM   #4
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Check this http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-ds/

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Old 01-31-2013, 04:51 AM   #5
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stick to your bicycle then
My thoughts exactly!
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:13 AM   #6
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Most bikes are relatively quiet with the stock exhaust. That ain't enough?
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:23 AM   #7
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I get it, sometimes quiet is the right way to experience things. Jeez, cut the guy some slack.

I like to backpack alone for this reason.

If you really want just wind, definitely try electric. Brammo Engage, or Zero Dirt or DS. Expensive, untested, but really quiet.

My DR650 is pretty quiet with the stock pipe. You could probably add some baffling or some sort and get it a little quieter, but if you have ever run with an open pipe, you'll realize, these bike are pretty damn muffled already with he stock pipe on.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:28 AM   #8
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:16 AM   #9
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When you get to a really scenic area turn the bike off. Push it uphill and coast down. Problem solved!
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:39 AM   #10
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You can hear something other than Wind? I have to wear earplugs because the wind is too loud!
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:02 AM   #11
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Being quiet also means being stealthy, a valuable quality IMO. If you're trying to sleep out and about, often you don't want that fact to be known by the locals.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:10 PM   #12
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You can hear something other than Wind? I have to wear earplugs because the wind is too loud!
+1 This

Get some "in ear" plugs wired to a mike at the front of the bike but behind a wind screen.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:21 PM   #13
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dr650 w/ stock muffler is super quiet.
key w/ any bike is to stay of the gas and just ride easy.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:23 PM   #14
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Being quiet also means being stealthy, a valuable quality IMO. If you're trying to sleep out and about, often you don't want that fact to be known by the locals.
bike visuals/colors/labeling is also important.
my DR looks like this to blend in...in the end you're still a foreigner.

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:24 PM   #15
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Go faster. The noise will be behind you and it will not be heard.
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